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Trap Door Theatre presents…
No Matter How Hard We Try
We Can Exist on The Best Terms We Can
Written by: Dorota Maslowska
Translated by: Artur Zapalowski
Directed by: Max Truax
Opens: Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 8PM
Closes: Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 8PM
Runs: Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8 PM
$20 on Thursdays and Fridays; $25 on Saturdays; Special 2-for-1 Admission on Fridays
This show is supported by:
DOROTA MASLOWSKA is a Polish writer born in 1983. Her first novel translated into English as SNOW WHITE AND RUSSIAN RED, was published while she was still a teenager and made her an instant literary sensation in her native country. The novel detailed the growing pains of marginalized small-town youth. In 2005, Mas?owska published her second book, THE QUEEN’S PUKECOCK, a 150 page rap poem in prose. Both of these books were adapted for the stage in Poland, Germany and Great Britain. Maslowska wrote her first play, A COUPLE OF POOR-POLISH SPEAKING ROMANIANS, in 2006 (Trap Door staged it in 2009) and her second one, NO MATTER HOW HARD WE TRY, OR WE CAN EXIST ON THE BEST TERMS WE CAN, in 2008. In 2012, Maslowska published another novel, HONEY, I KILLED OUR CATS, and in 2014 released her first music album, THE SOCIETY IS MEAN, a mixture of punk, rap and dance music with lyrics commenting on current social issues. Mas?owska ’s writing is characterized by her ironic, pessimistic worldview and extraordinary linguistic power; as a postmodern writer she confronts, disturbs and subverts sacred ideas of selfhood and nationhood
MAX TRUAX is a Resident Director at Trap Door, where he has directed productions of THE BALCONY by Jean Genet, THEY ARE DYING OUT by Peter Handke, an operatic interpretation of HAMLETMACHINE by Heiner Muller, NO DARKNESS ROUND MY STONE by Fabrice Melquiot, and A COUPLE OF POOR, POLISH-SPEAKING ROMANIANS, also by Dorota Mas?owska. His production of A COUPLE OF POOR, POLISH-SPEAKING ROMANIANS performed at the Fun Underground Festival in Arad, Romania and at the Bagatela Theatre in Krakow, Poland. Max is a freelance director and has directed several productions at Oracle Theatre, such as NO BEAST SO FIERCE, THE PRESIDENT, and THE MOTHER. His production of THE MOTHER received several Jeff Awards including awards for Best Production and Best Ensemble. Max studied visual art, performance art and choreography at Oberlin College and received his MFA in Theatre Directing from California Institute of the Arts.
Set Designer Joanna Iwanicka/ Lighting Designer Richard Norwood / Costume Designer Rachel Sypniewski / Sound Designer Steve Labedz/Video Design Paul Deziel/Stage Manager Deirdre Connelly/ Makeup Designer / Zsófia Ötvös Graphic Designer Michal Janicki/
Trap Door Theatre is going to Romania!
ROCK IT TO ROMANIA BENEFIT FOR TRAP DOOR THEATRE
Sunday June 5th. Doors open at 7PM.
2200 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
$10 Admission at the door.
This includes early bird pizza party, musical, improv and variety acts, cheap beer, Vampires and more!
Silent auction and raffle prizes. Vote on your favorite performer!
Enjoy special homemade brews contributed by
Chuck Patella & Mark Spence.
All proceeds from this event go to support Trap Door’s ensemble to tour Romania in spring 2017.
Celebrate international cultural exchange!
*Donate towards our European Tour!
Support our “Rock it to Romania” Fundraising Campaign!
By clicking on Donate Now link bellow you help us take this wonderful show to Europe!
Or you can send a Check to:
Trap Door Theatre 1655 West Cortland Ave. Chicago, IL 60622 773-384-0494
*(Scroll down for details about The Tour and ways you can help)
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(REHEARSAL PROCESS) -Video by David Holcombe
Trap Door continues its long held tradition of presenting mature, challenging political theatre for discerning audiences.
European Tour 2017
- -Send us a check. All contributions are tax deductible.
- -Donate online. Click link below
- -Donate $25 in the lobby after the show and receive a postcard from Europe signed by the Trap Door team.
- -Buy Raffle tickets at the show.
- -Attend our upcoming benefit in June.
- -Help Promote our tour on Facebook
- -Get your friends to donate.
- -Attend our show in Romania
WANT TO BE A FRENCH CLOWN?
Take a class with the Parisian Clown Master,
Pictured: Trap Door ensemble member Tiffany Bedwell in The Arsonists
Trap Door Theatre invites French guest director Victor Quezada-Perez to teach Clowning workshop in Chicago.
The Master Class will focus on the techniques rooted in the art of the clown, fundamentals which may be applied to the art of the actor in general:
- Neutral mask
- Clown mask
- Gravity and suspension
- Musicality of the text and body
- Fundamental states: anger, sadness, joy and fear
- Verticality: ground anchor circulation of energy in the body
Romanian show hosted by The Trap!
Only two performances!
Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30, 8 PM
Our Company member Simina Contras, co-founder and artistic director at Ro Stage – Romanian theatre company in Chicago, will perform in this show (in Romanian) next to guest actor from Romania, Adrian Grigoras. This show supports “How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients” by Romanian playwright Matei Visniec to tour Romania and Hungary in 2017.
Can’t make it to the show but want to support the theatre anyway? Leave your legacy behind! With your donation of $100, your name will be engraved on the seat of your choice at the Trap Door Theatre and reserved for you when you attend a show!
Donations can be mailed to:
Trap Door Theatre
1655 West Cortland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
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